After visiting the super-secretive set of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," we can confirm this much: Cap doesn't have Dumbo ears, much to Chris Evans's surprise.
Last July, we were part of a group of journalists invited to Marvel's Manhattan Beach, California set to witness Cap in action, and speak at length with Evans, the man who, three movies in, now fully embodies America's most patriotic superhero.
While watching Cap run up and down a giant catwalk surrounded by even bigger green screens, we couldn't help but notice Cap's slick new suit, capped off by a redesigned helmet. For the first time on film, Cap's cap features open ear holes — which took Evans a bit of getting used to.
"I always liked the ears inside; I always thought I kind of had big Dumbo ears. Whenever they tried a helmet with the ears out, I was like, 'Please don't make me do this, I look so silly." But they did some really good things. It looks a lot better," Evans said.
As you can see when comparing our exclusive poster above with the photos below, Cap's ears are certainly more exposed than they were in "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Marvel's The Avengers."
Of course, more aerated ears aren't the only new aspect of Cap's second stand-alone film. As Marvel actors are wont to do, Evans knows his character inside out, and spoke to us in great depth about him. Here's 15 far-less ear-y thoughts from our set interview with Evans:
1. There's going to be plenty of action:
"We're trying to push it a little more in this one... You guys saw 'Avengers,' those guys are good. I gotta have a reason to be on this team."
2. They're turning Cap up to 11:
"We've had a little fun turning up his power, turning up his speed, so the fights are a lot more grizzly, and impactful, and in my opinion cooler."
3. He moves a lot like the video game version of Captain America:
"Has anyone played the Captain America video game? I love it, and I don't like video games. And I love it… cause I love the way Cap moves. He moves so well, he just beats a--. That's how the guy needs to be moving. This isn't just a guy who was given the ability of speed and power. He's been training. He's got the frame of mind to absorb this information. So you can only assume with training and his ability, the guy should really be dangerous. And we should show that."
4. And they do show that:
"Shield use. And acrobatics too. He's flipping off things, and spinning and jumping and he's using his environment and it's not just punch, punch, kick, kick."
5. Evans had to train in all new ways to kick butt in all new ways:
"It was a bit of a chore, but it was fun. I was excited. They put me in gymnastics classes. We were doing combat stuff everyday for two months."
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